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A spot of good news in Ebola crisis: Vaccine supplies are expected to last
The WHO predicts there are adequate supplies of an experimental Ebola vaccine to control the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
africa  ebola  publichealth  vaccines  existentialrisk  drc  medicine 
26 days ago by pozorvlak
Meet the Anarchists Making Their Own Medicine - Motherboard
RT @hikikomorphism: reaching previously-unimagined levels of cyberpunk
anarchism  activism  chemistry  science  medicine  diybio 
7 weeks ago by pozorvlak
The Phantom Duo - The Daily WTF
For most people, such a story would elicit a chuckle and a hmph, I didn’t realize MRI machines could explode. But for those who work closely with MRI machines, the knee-jerk reaction is please don’t let it be our MRI and please don’t let it be our fault .
computers  programming  debugging  medicine  explosives 
october 2018 by pozorvlak
What Causes “Eye Floaters”
Little bits of the gel-like layer in front of the retina breaking off and floating in the vitreous humour. If you get lots of them suddenly, your retina may be about to detach and you should get to a doctor ASAP.
medicine  eyes 
september 2018 by pozorvlak
I’m a Veteran With PTSD. The Medication I Take Makes Dating Difficult. - The New York Times
Before I had a solution to my arousal problems, I felt helpless. Now I feel more hopeful, but also confused and a little afraid. Viagra seemed like a straightforward enough solution at first. I would ask a woman out on a date, and after a few dates, we would have sex — easy to plan. But deciding whether or not I’ll need some pharmaceutical assistance is tricky, and the consequences usually bear a tone of finality. If I take Viagra, I’ll be “good to go,” as we used to say in the service. If I take it but don’t need it, my throbbing erection will shift painfully under my belt. If I need it and don’t take it, then I’m sure to experience erectile dysfunction. If I do decide to take it, that’s a call I need to make about 90 minutes in advance. A lot can happen in that window.
war  ptsd  usmc  military  usa  mentalhealth  disability  sex  relationships  medicine 
september 2018 by pozorvlak
How To Think Real Good | Meaningness
Figuring stuff out is way hard.
There is no general method.
Selecting and formulating problems is as important as solving them; these each require different cognitive skills.
Problem formulation (vocabulary selection) requires careful, non-formal observation of the real world.
A good problem formulation includes the relevant distinctions, and abstracts away irrelevant ones. This makes problem solution easy.
Little formal tricks (like Bayesian statistics) may be useful, but any one of them is only a tiny part of what you need.
Progress usually requires applying several methods. Learn as many different ones as possible.
Meta-level knowledge of how a field works—which methods to apply to which sorts of problems, and how and why—is critical (and harder to get).
research  rationality  ai  drugs  science  medicine  computers  intelligence 
july 2018 by pozorvlak
Drugs for bad bugs: confronting the challenges of antibacterial discovery | Nature Reviews Drug Discovery
Discovering new antibiotics is really hard, and genomic approaches have not helped at all.
medicine  science  genetics 
july 2018 by pozorvlak
Death in childbirth: Doctors increased maternal mortality in the 20th century. Are midwives better?
For individual simple, low-risk births, having a home birth overseen by a highly trained midwife isn’t necessarily a clearly terrible decision. But when you take a world-historical look at childbirth, it’s not midwives and cozy home births that get credit for making maternal death such an unthinkable outcome today. One of the great victories of modern times is that childbirth doesn’t need to be natural, and neither does the maternal death rate. It’s modern medicine for the win. Doctors may have killed a lot of women in the first part of the 20th century, but they can save your life today.
history  pregnancy  birth  death  medicine 
march 2017 by pozorvlak
Could We Be Forever Young?
Improvements in lifespan are concentrated in the disability-free portion of life; what we now think of as diseases of the old used to be common at much younger ages.
aging  medicine 
march 2017 by pozorvlak
Alex K. Chen's answer to What are the long term effects of Adderall, Dexedrine, or Ritalin use? - Quora
Adderall/Dexedrine can be neurotoxic in the long run (by damaging dopamine neurons) while Ritalin does not have as much neurotoxicity potential. Surprisingly, when Ritalin *and* Adderall are mixed together, Ritalin can actually help counteract Adderall's neurotoxicity potential.
adhd  medicine 
february 2017 by pozorvlak
A Big Problem (jesus-lizard-journal: ...)
There are medical leeches!?

Yes! They work very hard to get their medical degrees.

not this one, though. this one’s trying to ditch class.
photos  medicine  leeches 
january 2017 by pozorvlak
Where your donations to medical research really go — FT.com
85 per cent of medical research is wasted — costing £170bn a year
medicine  science  badscience  charity 
september 2016 by pozorvlak
What annoys you about doctors?
The perverse incentives of the (US) medical system.
medicine  jobs  usa 
september 2016 by pozorvlak
Ice Bucket Challenge funds discovery of gene linked to ALS - NY Daily News
The Ice Bucket Challenge Internet sensation actually gathered enough funds to make an important breakthrough.
socialnetworks  internet  science  medicine  bio 
july 2016 by pozorvlak
The Last Psychiatrist: The Most Important Article On Psychiatry You Will Ever Read
Drugs don't have linear effects; instead, you must max out the binding to the receptors they have most affinity to in order to notice any effect on the other receptors they bind to.
drugs  medicine  psychiatry 
july 2016 by pozorvlak
(1) Jim Wright - I know. After my summary of the first two days,...
USMC Warrant Officer has a very unfortunate vasectomy follow-up.
medicine  usmc  conservatism  funny 
july 2016 by pozorvlak
Meet the Emperor of the Electrodes — Medium
Robert Heath claimed to have cured homosexuality by implanting electrodes into the pleasure centre of the brain — and to have identified…
lgbt  badscience  neuroscience  science  medicine 
july 2016 by pozorvlak
The Lancet: Most antidepressant drugs ineffective for children and teens, according to study | EurekAlert! Science News
Most available antidepressants are ineffective, and some may be unsafe, for children and teenagers with major depression, according to the most comprehensive comparison of commonly prescribed antidepressant drugs so far, published in The Lancet.
medicine  depression  mentalhealth  drugs  science 
july 2016 by pozorvlak
How to talk to someone with cancer - Salon.com
As the holidays approach, here's what your friends with cancer need to hear -- and never want you to say
cancer  death  medicine  socialinteraction 
june 2016 by pozorvlak
South Pole medical evacuation flight launched | NSF - National Science Foundation
Surprised to see "tarmac" in this NSF press release: I thought it was just a British/Irish(/Commonwealth?) term.
medicine  antarctica  aircraft 
june 2016 by pozorvlak
The Voice From The Cushion | somethingdnd: lsunnyc: can we take a moment to...
somethingdnd: “ lsunnyc: “ can we take a moment to just think about how incredibly scary magical healing is in-context? You get your insides ripped open but your friend waves his hands and your flesh...
fantasy  medicine 
june 2016 by pozorvlak
Why Do Living Things Die?
Physics Makes Aging Inevitable, Not Biology via @NautilusMag
physics  science  bio  aging  death  medicine 
may 2016 by pozorvlak
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